Johnny Depp, Wife Film 'Awkward' Apology Video
Amber Heard pleads guilty in Australia dog case
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2016 5:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – The saga that began with Australia's agriculture minister threatening to kill Johnny Depp's dogs has ended—and nobody was euthanized or sent to prison for 10 years. Instead, Depp's wife, Amber Heard, pleaded guilty to falsifying her immigration card when Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo were illegally brought into the country on their private jet last year, reports the Brisbane Times. Heard was punished with a one-month "good behavior bond" of $1,000—she'll have to pay a $1,000 fine if she misbehaves over the next month—and the more serious charge of illegally importing animals into the country was dropped, the Guardian reports. Depp and Heard hugged each other in the Queensland courtroom after the ruling.

The courtroom was shown what the Sydney Morning Herald describes as an "awkward and stilted" apology video from the couple, in which they stress the importance of Australia's biosecurity laws and urge other travelers not to repeat their mistake. "Australians are just as unique, both warm and direct. If you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly," Depp says in the video, which Mashable writes "looks like the couple have been held hostage in North Korea." Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce shared the video to his Facebook page and said he plans to use it to highlight the issue. We "have had terrible outcomes with the introduction with certain pests, whether it be prickly pear, rabbits, cane toads," he told reporters. "They might sound humorous to some but for us in this nation they weren't; they were disastrous outcomes." (Depp recently starred in a fake Donald Trump biopic.)
 

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